“Andriejavas” - Encyclopedia of Jewish
Communities in Lithuania

Translation of the “Andriejavas” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Lita

Written by Josef Rosin

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1996



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Written by Josef Rosin

Translated by Shaul Yannai

In Yiddish, Andreyave

A county town in the Kretinga district. A few dozen Jewish families lived there during the period of Independent Lithuania. According to the 1923 census there were 66 Jews in Andriejavas. With respect to religious matters, the Andriejavas community was linked to the Rietavas community. Jews owned in the town a cloth store, 2 sawmills and a steam mill, and the subdistrict had a felt factory that was also owned by Jews. Many of the Jews in the town were subscribers to the Zionist “Shekalim” (tokens of membership in the Zionist organization) and participated in the elections to the Zionist Congresses. In 1929, 10 Shekalim were sold in Andriejavas. In 1935, 26 people voted in the elections to the 19th Zionist Congress: 24 voted for the “Eretz-Yisrael Haoveded” party and 2 for the “Mizrahi” party. 23 people voted in the 21st Zionist Congress in 1939: 22 for the “Eretz-Yisrael Haoveded” party and 1 for the “General Zionists” party. In 1939, of the 16 telephones that were in Andriejavas, 4 belonged by Jews. In June of 1941, when the Germans conquered Lithuania, the fate of the Jews in Andriejavas was the same as the fate of the other Jews in the area


Central Zionist Archives, Jerusalem, files Z-4/2548, 55/1788.

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